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Macau Casino Features $1.6 Million Minimum Bet

We all know casinos make much of their money off of a fairly limited number of high rollers – whales that will spend thousands or more on every bet they make in the casino. But at one Macau venue, even most high rollers will blush at just how much it costs to get in the…Read More

Nevada Lobbyist Blames Gambling Industry for Lack of Federal Online Poker Bill

“It’s your own fault!” That’s the message to the gambling industry from lobbyist Jon Porter, formerly a representative for Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District for three terms, and now a finger-pointer at the gaming industry at large for the lack of a federal directive when it comes to online, regulated poker. At a gathering of casino…Read More

Bitcoins Are Out for OKPay Payment Processor

And so it starts; a few weeks after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) moved in to interrupt fund transfers between Iowa-based online payment processor Dwolla and Tokyo-based online exchange Mt. Gox, OKPay has decided to stop accepting Bitcoins, the popular cyber currency. While no public explanation for the OKPay move was given, it’s…Read More

Viktor Blom Scoops PokerStars SCOOP $10K Main Event for Over a Million

If there has ever been someone to speak for the “skill vs. luck” component in poker, it has to be Viktor Blom, aka “Isildur1” in online poker. The amazing 22-year-old Swede has done it again, taking down the $1,096,200 first place finish in the 2013 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) $10K Main Event….Read More

Illinois Casinos To Pay More Than Their Fair Share in Taxes

It’s a blue state – meaning it leans heavily towards Democratic voting – so perhaps it should come as no surprise that Illinois is grappling with tax issues; in this case, what percentage land-based casinos should fork over to the state from their annual revenues. But while a casino-heavy state like Nevada takes a mere…Read More

Caesars’ Debt-Servicing Agility Troubles Wall Street

If you think your credit card debt is overwhelming, imagine carrying $20 billion worth, and long-term debt at that. Now add to that a declining revenue stream and a net loss of $1.74 share on the New York Stock Exchange. For Caesars Entertainment Corp., this nightmare is a reality now, and the folks on Wall…Read More

Max “altiFC” Altergott Takes Down Super High Roller Event in Monaco

22-year-old online player Max “altiFC” Altergott thrilled audiences with his talent for high-stakes poker recently by winning the €100,000 Buy-in Super High Roller event at the PokerStars and Monte Carlo Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final. First Time Live Hard to believe this was Altergott’s first major live tournament, as the German high-stakes cash game…Read More

Judge Rules Against PokerStars in Atlantic Club Dispute

We’ve all taken bad beats at the poker table – but few will ever be nearly as big as the one suffered by PokerStars recently. PokerStars’ parent company, the Rational Group, is out $11 million after a deal gone bad with the Atlantic Club, an Atlantic City casino that the online poker giant had hoped…Read More

Not all Granted VISA’s Green Light for Gambling Transactions

It was so simple for awhile: since April 2011 (and for many companies, even before) and the U.S. Department of Justice’s clear manifesto that online gambling transactions were not to be handled by banks on pain of legal action, credit card companies just said no to anything that they could tell came from an Internet…Read More

British Punter Beats 11 Million to One Odds to Win Big Payday on William Hill

People often say that money won is sweeter than money earned. Well, one lucky punter’s sweet tooth must have imploded recently as a series of accumulator bets saw him take away over £200,000 (more than $300,000) while gambling on the William Hill sportsbetting website. Defies the Odds An anonymous father of two, based in the…Read More

Strict Punishments Proposed to Curb Turkish Online Gambling

Turkish authorities are not exactly behind the spread of online gambling that many countries around the world are leaning towards, as proposed legislation is looking to curb the trend by introducing stiff fines to Turkish online gamblers in a bid to strengthen their long battle against betting online. Turkey’s war against online gambling has been…Read More

American Attorney Larry Hartman Arrested in Nicaragua; Deported to U.S. to Face Charges in $100M Shell Game

Of all the scams on all the scammy websites in all the world, the scammiest has to be when the elderly are targeted to divest them of their life savings. We’re not sure what happens to old folks, who were obviously once savvy enough to amass some degree of financial security, that makes them vulnerable…Read More

Homeland Security Moves In on Bitcoin Payment Processors

Online gaming payment processor Dwolla and popular Bitcoin exchange site Mt. Gox got an unwelcomed notice that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in conjunction with the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, had issued a seizure warrant for funds this week. DHS apparently moved in to interrupt a transaction between the…Read More

Iovation Connection to Ultimate Gaming Probed

Iovation’s website touts the online security company as “fraud protection for online gaming,” and that’s exactly what Nevada’s first legal online poker site, UltimatePoker.com, was indirectly using them for, via a third party; until a few chat rooms got wind of the former Ultimate Bet’s “security” connection, and the Nevada Gaming Control Board (GCB) did…Read More

As Initial Excitement Dies Down, Complaints Pile Up For UltimatePoker.com

You know how it goes: first, you’re the hero, then you’re the villain. Welcome to Real Life 101, UltimatePoker.com. You’re now in Phase Two of being the first legal online poker site in Nevada. After a bit more than a week among the masses, hundreds of thousands of hands already played, and up to 80…Read More